Brighton and Hove City Council has invited the Economic Partnership to give evidence at a cross-party inquiry to look at how environmental industries – making everything from solar panels to wind turbines – could be supported and developed in the city.
The Environmental Industries Inquiry: Capturing the potential and economic benefits for Brighton and Hove is the work of the council’s Culture, Tourism and Enterprise Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which will hold four evidence-gathering meetings in March, April and May. It will report in September.
A range of organisations and individuals including regional funding bodies, those working in the fields of sustainability, innovation, research and development, and business partnerships will be invited to give evidence.
Inquiry Chair Cllr Bill Randall said, “Brighton and Hove could be at the forefront of the second industrial revolution that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the UK, making and fitting the hardware we need to tackle climate change.
“The city’s outstanding success in developing 16,000 jobs in the creative industries shows a willingness to embrace new ideas and technologies. We must now show willing again to create thousands of ‘green-collar’ jobs across the whole work force, from those working in research and development at the universities to those fitting solar panels on the city’s homes. It has been estimated that reducing carbon emissions in the EU by 20 per cent will create 1 million jobs. We want to make sure some of them are located in Brighton and Hove.”
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